Ajak Kwai is the rare voice of an African woman in Australia. Ajak has a haunting melodic voice which is distinctly African and to listen to her is to experience this continent in all its colours, rhythms and mystery.
Whether Ajak is singing in Arabic, Sudanese or English she leaves you in no doubt as to the depth and richness of her Dinka roots. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home town. Ajak and her songs take us on a journey deeply feminine and, unique. From the Upper Nile to gospel singing in Cairo to Melbourne where she has successfully fused her African roots with the grassroots of Australian music, Ajak sings about freedom, peace, love and … cows.
Her distinctive voice and vibrant afro soul style songs have seen her in demand with many major Australian festivals including Byron Bay, Apollo Bay, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy, Melbourne International Festival. In 2011, Ajak performed at the African Music Festival, Boston, USA and Toronto, Canada, where she inspired audiences and engaged with fellow artists in collaborative projects. More recently, Ajak has focused on writing a collection of stories to support her new album "Of Cows, Women & War", the stories and songs from which form the basis of her theatre production, a one-woman show of the same title. "Of Cows, Women & War", Ajak's one-woman show, played to sell-out audiences at the Court House Theatre, Melbourne in November, 2014. The album and book are due for release in Autumn-2015 and will be available on CD Baby and iTunes.
“..Kwai has created an exciting album that showcases her magnificent vocal range” Seth Jordan